Yet he recognized the markets waiting to be tapped with such an invention – airlines, hotels, festivals, concerts and the like – and was not yet ready to give up entirely.
“I went back to the drawing board and a few months later I was in a Greek restaurant in Southern California and ordered a white wine and it came in a Quartino,” he said. . “The person who had the bottle told me about the wine, poured it into this beautiful mini carafe, then walked away. It was such an amazing experience; I had an a-ha moment.
Despite the perceived durability, Perrulli did not want to use plant-based polymers for their new design, as the material is not easily compostable and must be separated for proper disposal. It landed on high quality PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, number one because it is the most easily recycled and is high enough in the supply chain that it can be safely reused over and over again. Likewise, there is also a Polyclear® resin on the decanter part of the design to ensure that the integrity of the wine is not affected, while remaining unbreakable and dishwasher safe.
The final design of Quartino is essentially a govino wine glass that fits a matching mini decanter, which is filled with the wine which can then be poured into the glass.
“We believe in convenience, obviously, but we never sacrifice elegance and we’ve always demanded the best design we can create,” Perrulli said of choosing materials for the Quartino.